Entries by Jamie Leeming

Bosco Bees Help Syrian Refugees

Local MP and patron of Bosco House, Peter Dowd, popped in for a coffee in the garden where we sit as he inspects his jar of honey with a custom signed label, writes Danny Rigg for the Liverpool Echo. There were once busy beehives behind Bosco House, in Bootle, before the colony flew away. But […]

How To Help Rough Sleepers In Sefton This Winter

Sefton Council is highlighting details of where anyone who finds themselves sleeping rough or knows someone who is, can find help and support. Earlier this month The Big Issue reported that the number of households facing eviction tripled in the three months after Covid protections to keep renters in their homes ended. And there are […]

New Drug Panic Amongst The Homeless Of Manchester

A prescription drug linked to a rapidly growing number of deaths in England and Wales is “absolutely rife” on the streets of Manchester, being sold for as little as 50p a tablet, reports the Mirror. Pregabalin, normally used to treat nerve damage, epilepsy and anxiety, is being increasingly used among the city centre’s rough sleepers […]

‘Hundreds Of Thousands’ At Risk Of Homelessness

New figures from The Big Issue’s Stop Mass Homelessness campaign should act as a “wake-up call” for the government, reports Liam Geraghty. The government is risking an additional £2.6bn in annual costs to the Treasury if it ignores the hundreds of thousands of people at risk of homelessness because they are behind on their rent, […]

#NoHomeKit Plan Rejected By PL

The Premier League has refused a request from club’s to wear away kits at home on Boxing Day in supporter of the charity Shelter, saying it encourages clubs to participate in charitable causes “provided it is in compliance with Premier League rules”. Shelter, which campaigns to end homelessness and improve housing quality, had approached several […]

Safeguarding Rough Sleepers

During Safeguarding Adult’s Week 2021, we are pleased to share a new resource based on the learning and recommendations from Safeguarding Adults Reviews, and refreshed resources on the legal frameworks to protect those at risk, so that we can work together to reduce serious harm and death of those sleeping rough, writes Jo Prestidge for Homeless Link. […]

Homeless Man Turns His Life Around

A Liverpool artist has spoken about how his life ‘hit rock bottom’ after a series of personal tragedies left him homeless and addicted to alcohol. Ten years ago, Wayne Freeman’s life was going down a very different path, reports the Liverpool Echo. Speaking to the Big Issue North, the 58-year-old said he turned to alcohol […]

Generous Geordies Help The Homeless

A North East homelessness charity has launched an urgent appeal after seeing an ‘unprecedented’ rise in the number of people being forced into hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. North East Homeless has said that job losses and cuts in universal credit, among other things, have meant that people who never thought they would be reliant […]

Man ‘Not Homeless Enough’ For Help

A man who presented as homeless was allegedly left to freeze in the streets of Glasgow for hours after council housing bosses refused to find him accommodation for just a few hours, reports the Daily Record. Homeless Project Scotland (HPS), a charity that helps vulnerable people sleeping rough, says 41-year-old Mark Clacken was turned away […]

Health Care Changes Can Help The Homeless

People at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness are far more likely to have significantly and chronically compromised health, writes Sue Christoforou at Homeless Link. The latest health service reforms – including the appointment of inequalities leads and creation of new partnership and governance structures – give members a prime opportunity to build on relationships and influence local health strategies to ensure people experiencing homelessness receive the timely healthcare that they need and deserve. A key element of […]